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Aesthetics and Religion  

Richard Viladesau

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
A systematic consideration of the multiple relationships between aesthetics and religion demands a sorting-out of concepts and issues. “Aesthetics” may be understood as practice (art) and ... More

Aesthetics and the Arts in Relation to Natural Theology  

Frank Burch Brown

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Jan 2013
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Jun 2013
This chapter examines the significance of aesthetics and the arts to natural theology, first discussing ways that natural theology can circumvent the evident religiosity of certain kinds of art. It ... More

Anglican Aesthetics  

Kenneth Stevenson

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Oct 2015
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Jul 2016
This chapter focuses on the applied aesthetics of Anglican worship. As a seventeenth-century development, with definitive roots in the sixteenth-century Reformation, as well as in the ... More

Architectural Expression and Ways of Being Religious  

Richard Kieckhefer

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
This article examines the architectural traditions of the world’s religions, with particular emphasis on synagogues, churches, mosques, and Hindu and Buddhist temples. Using a comparative ... More

Art  

Dora Apel

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
Focusing on works by artists such as Rico Lebrun (1900–1964), George Segal (1924–2000), or Jerome Witkin (b. 1939), art critics and art historians have sometimes criticized too realistic ... More

Art, Architecture, and Archaeology  

Lee I. Levine

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Dec 2004
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Sep 2009
This article addresses three related, though not identical, academic fields of study that crystallized only in the twentieth century. Beforehand, it had generally been assumed, whether for ... More

Art, Material Culture, and Lived Religion  

David Morgan

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
This chapter discusses how the rise of interest in the materiality of religions that has taken place in the last twenty years or so has tended to focus on popular media, everyday life, and ... More

Art, Morality, and Justice  

John W. de Gruchy

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
This article examines visual art and its relationship with morality and justice. It first considers justice-related ethical issues raised by the relationship between art and morality, ... More

Artistic Imagination and Religious Faith  

Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
The central role of the imagination in theology and religion has often been neglected by theologians. The chapter considers how the imagination and, in particular, artistic imagination, ... More

Artistry and Aesthetics in Modern and Postmodern Worship  

Don Saliers

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
Worship and its practices occupy a central place in every religious tradition, from Christianity and Judaism to Buddhism and Hinduism. Understanding aesthetics in religion requires paying ... More

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